Inmate with ‘violent tendencies’ escapes in Wayne County, search underway

WAYNE COUNTY, Ohio - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is releasing new details about an escaped inmate on I-71.

Said Ali El-Khatib was handcuffed, wearing a waist chain and shackled on one ankle when he escaped at a rest area on I-71 around 9 p.m. Friday. It happened near mile marker 197 in Wayne County.

He was being moved by an extradition services company, according to a press release.

El-Khatib was being transported from New York to Indiana on a warrant for receiving stolen property.

According to a press release, the suspect asked the transportation company, Affordable Extradition Service, to use the restroom in the rest area and that is when he escaped.

The search today is still centered around the West Salem area.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says he is known to have violent tendencies.

U.S. Marshals released a press release Saturday afternoon on the search.

They report El-Khatib should be considered dangerous and say he has a history with firearms.

He also has a larceny warrant in Ashland County.

Police are asking residents to remain vigilant in locking their homes, barns and any out buildings.

They should also be locking their cars and keep valuables out of sight in their vehicles.

Residents are being asked to call police if they notice anything missing from their homes or barns, such as clothes, boots, or food.

If you see him, call 911.

He's 5'11", 135 lbs with brown eyes and dark hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and a tan shirt.

According to Anne Murphy with the U.S. Marshals, up to a $2500 reward is being offered for information that helps them find El-Khatib.

Stay with FOX 8 for continuing coverage.

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